Teaching field linguistics: language variation and non-standard varieties in fieldwork

Date: 20 May, 2010
Location: Building 65 Mansfield Cooper (Room 2.02), The University of Manchester
Event type: Seminar

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Please Note: The deadline for registration is the 11th May 2010

This event is aimed at both postgraduate students and lecturers with an interest in teaching field methods for the study of linguistic variation and non-standard varieties. It is jointly organised by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and the Institute for Linguistics and Language Studies at The University of Manchester.

Topics covered include the documentation approach to language data, quantitative and qualitative methods in urban sociolinguistic fieldwork, fieldwork challenges in the study of micro-variation at the syntax/semantics interface in cognate languages, and conducting large-scale dialect surveys (grammar and lexicon). There will also be a roundtable discussion on ethical issues in fieldwork and a forum on issues arising in teaching field methods. Each presentation/session will include time for discussion which will allow participants to share their own experiences and best practice in teaching field methods. Contributions from participants especially to the Teaching Field Methods Forum will be invited.


  • There is no charge to attend this event for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK higher educational institutions and other institutions with a subscription to the Higher Education Academy.
  • There is a charge of £40 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to charge a £50 cancellation fee if you do not notify us at least 48 hours beforehand that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Travel bursary

A travel bursary is available for this event. Deadline for applications is the 30 April, 2010.

Provisional Programme for 20 May 2010
Time Session
9.00-9.30 Registration, tea and coffee
9.30-10.30 The documentation approach to language data
Prof. Eva Schultze-Berndt
10:30-11:30 Urban sociolinguistic fieldwork
Dr. Erik Schleef
11:30-11:45 Tea and coffee
11:45-13:15 Ethics roundtable
13:15-14:15 Lunch
14:15-15:15 Micro-variation at the syntax/semantics interface
Dr. Delia Bentley
Powerpoint Slides (PowerPoint, 225KB)
15:15-16:15 Large-scale dialect surveys: grammar and lexicon
Prof.Yaron Matras
16:15-16:30 Tea and coffee
16:30-17:30 Teaching field methods forum